“Transparent” Creator Jill Soloway: “Feminism Is Just About to Break Open”

If you’ve seen Jill Soloway’s Amazon show Transparent, you know why fans and critics alike are anxiously awaiting the Season Two premiere on Dec. 11. And if you’re still not on the Soloway bandwagon, you may decide to jump aboard after reading about the showrunner’s commitment to trans activism, and her take on modern feminism. Soloway appeared on […]

Marvel Steps Up Its Game With “Jessica Jones”

Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood I thought my superhero fatigue was incurable. Then I watched Marvel’s Jessica Jones. The Netflix show, which premiered Nov. 20 and stars Krysten Ritter, is an irresistible feminist noir. I didn’t actually plan to binge-watch all seven review episodes. But, like one of the victims of its mind-controlling […]

A New TV Series Honors Celia Cruz, la Reina de Salsa

Reprinted with permission from Bitch The work of Celia Cruz is being honored this year in an astonishing 80-episode series from the Spanish-language network Telemundo. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with Cruz, the series will be an overdue but necessary introduction to her life. For the millions of us who are already […]

The State of LGBT TV in 2015

Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood Depending on how you look at the numbers, things are either better or still sorely lacking for LGBT characters on television. GLAAD released its annual “Where We Are On TV” report, and its findings defied simple summarization. Overall representation is up. Overall representation of queer people of color and […]

The Problem With the Press Corps Covering Hillary Clinton

Politico ran a story this week on the most startling thing about the press corps covering Hillary Clinton’s campaign: most of the journalists on the trail are women. That’s unusual, and awesome, in a world where the news is reported overwhelmingly by men. But there was one thing we couldn’t help but notice about the “class photo” of […]

Tell NBC to #DumpTrump!

NBC announced last week that Donald Trump would host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7. The response to the announcement was swift—and scathing. The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and other Hispanic groups wrote a letter to NBC CEO Stephen Burke and SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels saying they were “flabbergasted” by the decision to have Trump host […]

Hey Raven-Symoné, You’re Part of the Problem

Hey, Raven-Symoné. My name is Bianca White and I am a fictional character created by a woman named Yolanda Spivey. You see, back in 2009, after graduating college, Yolanda conducted an employment experiment because she simply could not find a job. So on paper, she changed her name and race to mimic that of a […]

H&M: Where Pseudo-Sustainability Meets Diversity Porn

The world’s second largest fashion retailer recently made a deliberate move to attract members of the world’s second largest religion, and people have taken notice. More specifically, H&M featured a Muslim hijabi woman for a split second in this video advertising spot that deftly disguises a sly cost-saving measure as an eco-friendly call for “sustainable fashion.” The […]

Your Feminist Fall TV Guide

As the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences rolls up the red carpet on this year’s Emmys, the new season of must-see TV is just beginning. Women continue to struggle with representation on and off screen, but excitement is in the air(waves) for a fresh crop of women-created and women-centered programming. Here’s Ms. Blog’s roundup […]

An (Un)Surprising Thing Happens When Women Run TV Shows

When a woman is calling the shots on a TV show, she does one thing differently than a man would: She hires more women. According to a new study by Martha Lauzen of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, primetime television programs with at least one […]